Taylor to return to Tanglewood for 2 July shows


LENOX — Tanglewood's Popular Artists series will feature two shows by James Taylor and his All-Star Band over the Independence Day holiday period.

Taylor's concerts, featuring many audience favorites as well as songs from his recent album "Before This World," are slated for Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m. each night in the Koussevitzsky Music Shed, according to a Boston Symphony announcement this weekend.

"Before This World" was Taylor's first in his 46-year recording career to chart as the top-selling album the week it was released in mid-June on the Concord label. The singer-songwriter, who lives and works in the town of Washington, had spent several years preparing his first full album of original material since "October Road" in 2002.

Ticket sales to the public for his Tanglewood shows, with a capacity of 18,000 each evening, begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 17, priced from $27 for lawn seating to $108 for prime Shed locations. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org.

Fans may gain access to tickets ahead of time by registering at www.jamestaylor.com

As in the past, proceeds from the July 4 show will be donated back to Tanglewood. Taylor has performed during 24 seasons since his debut there in 1974.

He has been in Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend and perform during the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to his friend and longtime collaborator Carole King. The 38th annual awards show was taped on Sunday for telecast at 9 p.m. Dec. 29 on CBS.

Other honorees include BSO Music Director Laureate Seiji Ozawa, who also attended the taping, as well as filmmaker George Lucas of "Star Wars" fame, rock group The Eagles, as well as actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson.

Taylor also delivered the formal toast for King at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday evening.

JT's recent honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, awarded by President Obama at a White House ceremony last month. Previously, he received the National Medal of Arts citation from Obama.

He will be among eight artists performing at Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary gala on May 5, along with Tanglewood regulars Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. Taylor is performing at Wrigley Field in Chicago on June 30 and also at Boston's Fenway Park on Aug. 3, a show with Jackson Browne that is sold out.

Additional Popular Artists bookings at Tanglewood are expected to be announced early next year.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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